I remember a few years ago when I jumped on the scales after pushing myself for a few weeks to shed some extra kilos. I did everything from strict dieting to exercising daily and turning down meals with friends - all to lose that extra baggage.
Only when I did check my weight - not much had changed and it devastated me. I began working harder, skipping meals and saying no to my father’s balanced home cooked dinners - did I mention he is an amazing chef?This attitude and approach to weight loss and constantly fixating myself to the scales was slowly but surely making me really unhappy.So what changed it? I stopped checking that little number in the box every morning and afternoon and enjoying my life.The funny thing is I don’t even know my weight anymore - but I can assure you I feel lighter, fit into my clothes better and I am the happiest and healthiest I’ve been my whole life.Being in harmony with your body is not about a number, but a feeling. Once I realised my health and self-esteem was thriving without needing to check in daily on a piece of equipment - I felt free.The scales might work for some people and it has a place, but majority of the time it’s disconnecting us from what’s really important - being at peace with our health and vitality. Focusing merely on a number is not the measurement of a good transformation - but rather the significant results we feel from eating and moving our bodies in a way that is sustainable and realistic.If you were eating nourishing food, sleeping better, reducing stress levels, doing exercise daily and feeling happy yet the number on the scales never changed - would you then begin to deprive yourself, exercise to the point of exhaustion and put yourself down because it wasn’t good enough?Imagine if this were your child, if they jumped on the scales would you tell them that it’s not good enough or to try harder? We need to treat ourselves with the same kindness and not allow our ego or comparisonitis to creep in and tell us otherwise. Here are 4 reasons we believe it’s time to lose the scales:
1. The number on the scales is not an accurate reflection of your health
Your kg doesn’t take into account important health factors such as hormones, hydration, digestive patterns, bowel movements or even the fact that you just ate.
2. It’s stressful and obsessiveChecking your weight daily might seem like you’re keeping track of your goals, but how many times has it disappointed you if the number wasn’t what you wanted to see? On good days you might jump on and feel great, but then other days you might jump on and it can take you to a steep low. Is this fluctuating relationship serving you and your happiness?
3. It doesn’t dictate your self-esteem and worth
In a matter of seconds jumping on the scales can take us from feeling happy and confident to insecure and self-conscious. The problem is that this little machine shouldn’t take our self-esteem away from us. It’s up to us to realise that a number does not determine our worth and that we can choose how we want to feel.
4. It’s losing our power with the present moment
Being in harmony with your health means to consciously be aware of your feelings. Instead of worrying about a number try connecting with the food on your plate and the sensations of every bite, or the movement of your body and how stretching, running and walking enhances your energy and vitality.
If you can control the urge and only weigh yourself monthly - then keep the scales. But personally for me, I’d rather save it for the doctors or when it’s truly needed.
So my advice to you is to say bye bye to those scales and don’t forget to be eco-friendly by handing them over to an op-shop.To freedom and happy health,Karla______________Karla Layton wants to live in a world where people are not afraid to express themselves and what they’re passionate about.A witty word-wrangler and clear-cut communicator, she’s been featured on Mamamia and news.com.au.When she’s not being a day-maker with her words or dishing out advice on her blog, you can find her sharing the power of essential oils, sipping coffee, getting salty in the ocean and obsessively watching Suits.Her latest free eBook “EASE - A creative’s guide to finding calm and cultivating connection” is out now.Karla is passionate about the environment and living a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. Her favourite Boody garment is the V-Neck Tee and is proud to shout Boody’s praises to everyone who will listen.